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Wall Street Journal Asia, December 8, 2014

–Op-Ed by Ying Ma

Chinese President Xi Jinping ’s anticorruption campaign garnered splashy headlines over the weekend when authorities arrested Zhou Yongkang, China’s former chief of domestic security. But while observers expound on the significance of this latest development in Beijing’s power struggle, another case deserves attention as well—that of journalist Shen Hao.

Locked up for nearly two months before Mr. Zhou’s formal arrest, Mr. Shen is one of China’s finest contemporary writers. He has been charged with extortion, embezzlement and other crimes and has repeatedly confessed to his wrongdoing on state television. Yet confessions do not a guilty man make. In fact, this case provides a poignant reminder that the rights of the accused deserve far better protection under the Chinese legal system.

[Click HERE to read the entire article on WSJ.com.]

WSJ.com, November 7, 2014

–Commentary by Ying Ma

As U.S. President Barack Obama gets ready to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping following the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing next week, relations between the world’s two largest economies are mired in a troubling inertia.

On issues ranging from heated territorial disputes with neighbors to harassment of the U.S. military in international air space, China shows no interest in backing down from challenging the U.S.-led order in Asia. The solution, many in Washington argue, is to strengthen U.S. resolve and capacity against Beijing, but it seems prudent to also ask: Has the Obama administration sent the proper reassurances to China that responsible behavior would be welcomed?

(To read the entire article, please click HERE.)

WSJ.com, September 23, 2014

–Commentary by Ying Ma

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice visited China earlier this month to pave the way for President Barack Obama’s upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping after an Asia-Pacific trade summit in Beijing this November. Rice’s visit produced no breakthroughs, and each side walked away having voiced their gripes against the other.

In many ways, Rice’s visit was indicative of a Sino-American relationship that is currently fraught with tension. Prior to Obama’s November visit, his administration should do some serious soul searching about its China policy.

In the face of a rising and more assertive China, many in Washington have argued that the United States must demonstrate firmer resolve to force China to back down from challenging the U.S.-led security order in Asia. These recommendations are dangerous, argues Hugh White, professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University, because China is serious about challenging U.S. primacy in Asia and has no interest in backing down.

[To read the rest of the article, please click HERE.]

The Daily Caller, August 26, 2014

–Opinion by Ying Ma

The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, have finally calmed after two weeks of often violent protests against the deadly shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a police officer. Now is a good time to examine the claim made by a number of politicians and pundits that “root causes,” like poverty, poor education and racism, were the real culprits for Ferguson’s rioting.

Unlike many talking heads who sympathized with the rage of the protestors in Ferguson, I grew up in the inner city. I was outraged each day by the injustices I encountered, but I did not riot, loot, vandalize or commit arson. I went to troubled public schools and lived in poverty, but I ultimately prevailed. Perhaps those who gripe about social and racial injustice and pleaded for understanding for the mayhem in Ferguson should try to see the world from the perspective of law-abiding citizens who are the real victims when poor neighborhoods turn into zones of anarchy.

To read the piece in its entirety, please click HERE.

RTHK Radio 3, August 9, 2014

Lincoln Leong, deputy CEO of Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation, joins China Takes Over the World to talk about MTR’s delayed completion of Hong Kong’s express rail link to southern China, the company’s expansion outside of Hong Kong, and how MTR’s experience in Hong Kong may or may not apply to Mainland China’s efforts to modernize transportation infrastructure. Mr. Leong will become the acting chief executive of MTRC on August 16, 2014.

In the second half of this episode, we offer highlights of our show from the past six months.

To listen to the show, please click here.

Hosted by Ying Ma, China Takes Over the World is a program about China’s growing economic, political and military power. It airs at 8:30 a.m. every Saturday in Hong Kong on RTHK Radio 3, a channel of the city’s public broadcast station. Previous episodes of the show are available on podcast via iTunes.

 

RTHK Radio 3, August 2, 2014

Is China breaking international law by refusing to participate in arbitration with the Philippines to resolve their territorial disputes in the South China Sea? And why are U.S.-China military ties improving amid rising tensions between China and U.S. allies in Asia?

China Takes Over the World discusses these issues with the following experts.

  • Julian Ku, Professor of Law & Faculty Director of International Programs, Hofstra University School of Law
  • Rick Fisher, Senior Fellow on Asian Military Affairs, International Assessment and Strategy Center

To listen to this discussion, please click here.

Hosted by Ying Ma, China Takes Over the World is a program about China’s growing economic, political and military power. It airs at 8:30 a.m. every Saturday in Hong Kong on RTHK Radio 3, a channel of the city’s public broadcast station. Previous episodes of the show are available on podcast via iTunes.

 

China in the Arctic

RTHK Radio 3, July 26, 2014

Since 2004, China has had a permanent land-based presence in the Arctic. It currently has multiple research stations in the region and deploys the largest non-nuclear ice breaker in the world. It also recently launched its 6th Arctic expedition. What are China’s strategic interests in the Arctic and how do Arctic powers view China’s expanded presence there?

The following guests join China Takes Over the World to discuss.

  • David Curtis Wright, Associate Professor, History Department, University of Calgary
  • Caitlin Campbell, Research Director and Security and Foreign Affairs Analyst, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, U.S. Congress

To listen to this episode, please click here.

Hosted by Ying Ma, China Takes Over the World is a program about China’s growing economic, political and military power. It airs at 8:30 a.m. every Saturday in Hong Kong on RTHK Radio 3, a channel of the city’s public broadcast station. Previous episodes of the show are available on podcast via iTunes.

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